This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, November 03, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1905, the post office of Gakona was established.

• In 1942, road crews met at the "breakthrough" at Beaver Creek on the Alaska Highway, where the roads met.

• In 1970, William A. Egan was elected fourth governor of the state of Alaska. Egan also served as the state's first governor.

• In 1980, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist issued a temporary stay, preventing the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Law from going into effect and the checks from being mailed. The stay was based on a suit filed by Patricia & Ron Zobel of Anchorage.

In the nation

• In 1868, Republican Ulysses S. Grant won the presidential election over Democrat Horatio Seymour.

• In 1896, Republican William McKinley defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan for the presidency.

• In 1900, the first automobile show in the United States opened at New York's Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America.

• In 1979, five radicals were killed when gunfire erupted during an anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in Greensboro, N.C., after a caravan of Klansmen and neo-Nazis had driven into the area.

• In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President Bush. In Illinois, Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

• In 1994, Susan Smith of Union, S.C., was arrested for drowning her two young sons, nine days after claiming the children had been abducted by a black carjacker. Twelve jurors were seated at the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles. The space shuttle Atlantis blasted into orbit on a mission to survey Earth's ozone layer.

• In 1999, Aaron McKinney was convicted of murder in the fatal beating of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard. McKinney and Russell Henderson, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murder, are serving life prison sentences.

• In 2003, Congress voted its final approval for $87.5 billion for U.S. military operations and aid in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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